MC students get
at North Manchester
What do students at Manchester College have in
common with the senior citizens of North Manchester? Lots – including a
profitable “corporation” that celebrates their relationship and a fresh
look for the senior center!
Business students in the Case Studies class
recently gave the Garber-Simmons Senior Center a $1,520
check – the profits of their company, ChetCo,
which sold T-shirts, beverage cozies and community business discount
For the students, it was not only a lesson in
corporate structure, but also in corporate giving to the community. In
addition to raising money, the students visited with seniors at the
Senior Center, helped with the annual banquet and silent auction, with
bingo and other programs. Company president was senior Cheryl Miller of
Dr. Timothy A. Ogden teaches the class, which
has a history of successful “companies” that donate to local non-profit
groups. After six years of “corporate” giving, the Case Studies students
have amassed more than $19,000 for the community, plus almost 2,000
hours of service.
In January, students in Principles of
Nonprofit Management painted the center, built shelves, and
cleaned the closets and cabinets. That class is taught by Dr. Kathryn
Carlson Heler, who volunteers at the Garber-Simmons Senior Center,
recreational, volunteer, exercise and nutrition programs for members
(currently age 60 to 94) and serves as a place to make new friendships
and renew old ones. .
“The gift of money from the Case Studies class will allow the center to
provide trips to Wabash to visit the Wabash County Historical Museum,
the Dr. James Ford Home and the Honeywell Center,’ said Dr.
“The money also will pay for speakers, and help the Center begin
planning for the future.”